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2000 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel

  • 92 WA
  • 86 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 93023-2000-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Good intensity and vibrancy of flavors, with grapey blackberry and black cherry fruit that turns dry. MourvAdre
    Drink Dates: 2003-2006
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The inaugural vintage of this cuvee, the 2000 Esprit de Beaucastel is still drinking well, though in this era, it represented about two-thirds of the estate's production, as opposed to the more selective 15% or so that it represents today; the oldest vines were also merely six years old. The wine offers up a complex bouquet of cherries, currants, thyme, lavender and sweet soil. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, open-knit and savory, with chalky tannins and a sapid finish. This doesn't boast the concentration or intensity of later vintages, but it's a beautifully characterful and complete debut offering that should continue to drink well for another 5 or 6 years.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2024
    Author: William Kelley
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($35; a blend of 35% mourvedre, 26% syrah, 25% grenache and 14% counoise) Good medium-deep red. Currant, mineral and animal aromas, along with a whiff of bandaid that dissipated with aeration. Firm, minerally and structured, with notes of currant, tree bark and black licorice. Saline, focused and gripping wine with strong acidity and firm tannic spine. I never would have picked this for a wine from California.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2004
  • Self | Rating: 86

    Acid, acid and more acid. The soil in Westside Paso Robles is calcareous and this wine exhibits that in spades. Perhaps I waited to long to drink this and the fruit faded, leaving behind spiny acidity. The last bottle of this wine I consumed was more supple, with a rounder mouthfeel. I have two 2005s purchased at the winery. I will see how they turn out.
    Drink Dates: 2003-2007
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 89

    The '00 Esprit was pure France, reminded me of a '99 Gigondas...touches of brett, saddle leather, pepper, aged beef and plum sauce notes...still chunky, tannic and full of subtle complexities. Those that crave the funk will be handsomely rewarded w/ this Francophile rendition.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 101 bottles owned
  • 31 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 31 collectors)